Roscoe G Bartlett

Supreme Court wrestles with how political is too political in Maryland redistricting case

Supreme Court wrestles with how political is too political in Maryland redistricting case

Supreme Court justices pummeled Maryland’s meandering congressional districts on Wednesday as they heard arguments in a high-profile case that some hope will reduce political influence in the decennial redistricting process.

As they have in past cases, the justices criticized Maryland’s congressional map — with some saying the litigation offered clear evidence of the political motivations behind its design. But the court also appeared to wrestle with setting a standard for just how far mapmakers may go in pursuit of political advantage.

“Part of the issue here is you have people from … Potomac joined with people from the far west panhandle,” said Chief Justice John G....

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